Joel Kruger remembers working on his uncle's ranch in Montana as a child. Kruger moved to Carson Valley with his parents in 1989 and took up baseball and football, slowly allowing his interest in ranch work to dwindle.
After returning from college, though, Kruger caught on helping out friends at a number of local ranches. It wasn't long before he began competing in the annual Minden Ranch Rodeo.
In a poetic twist, Kruger is now serving as president of the event which was originally intended to tie the Valley's heritage to the future of agriculture in the area.
The Minden …